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OCZ Neutrino Netbook  (Source: OCZ)
Netbook ships with battery, display and other features with buyer adding RAM, storage, and OS

The notebook market has a number of players from Dell and HP to smaller players like Hypersonic and other lesser-known computer firms. With the slow global economy, the netbook has been one of the biggest categories in the computer market.

OCZ has now announced that it is offering its own 10.1-inch netbook under its DIY initiative. The machine is called the Neutrino DIY netbook and offers what you expect from a netbook. The machine runs an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz CPU and the Intel 945GSE + ICH7M chipset.

Graphics for the netbook are integrated Intel 945GSE and the machine has a single 34mm Mini Card slot. Other features of the netbook include a 10.1-inch LED backlit screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, 1.3-megapixel webcam, 4-cell 2200mAh battery, and integrated Wi-Fi.

The machine supports up to 2GB of DDR2-667 RAM, 30GB to 250GB SSDs, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, and Windows XP or Linux operating systems. Other OCZ DIY notebooks lacked a CPU, but the Neutrino does include the Atom N270 pre-installed. The other components the buyer will need to add include memory, storage, and OS.

OCZ offers a list of validated components for the machine that ensures compatibility and a set up guide is included to allow new users to build the system without any issues. Integrated connectivity options with the machine include VGA out, RJ-45 Ethernet, dual USB ports, and a single headphone jack. The machine has a pair of 1.5W speakers built-in as well.

OCZ's Alex Mei said in a statement, "There are many consumers that desire the blend of essential functionalities and an ultra compact form factor, and our new Neutrino Do-It-Yourself netbooks based on Intel Atom technology allows users to design and configure their very own solution tailored to their unique needs. The Neutrino DIY netbook puts the control back in the hands of consumers by allowing them to configure a feature rich netbook with their own memory, storage, and preferred OS into a reasonably priced go-anywhere computing solution."

OCZ has not released pricing or availability information at this time. OCZ also offers more robust notebooks under the DIY initiative including a 15.4-inch notebook.

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By CZroe on 4/1/2009 6:36:42 AM , Rating: 2
Because netbook screen size has been defined (limited) primarily by Microsoft refusing to license XP for use on netbooks with larger screens (first, 8.9"; now, 10.1"), that should be the first thing they allow you to change in a DIY netbook. Of course, that would be BEFORE purchasing it, but there are a host of other things they should offer at that same point. It's great that they are giving you more than the standard 3-cell battery, but you should have your choice of batteries with it. Heck, with the real estate added with the larger screen size, I'd love to have HDMI or DVI (more useful than VGA IMO). You should be able to chose between nVidia Ion and Intel platforms. Heck, a larger screen could leave room for that and additional USB ports. The way it is, it seems like it only has two USB ports and, having had frequent use for all three on my Acer Aspire one, I know that is limiting.

From what I can see, I like the keyboard. Acer shifts the arrows down (the key area is not perfectly rectangular) to make room for a non-square shift key, and I resent the others that sacrifice Right Shift for the arrow keys when there is all that space on either side of the touch pad to shift it down into (even just a little). I'm sure they compromised on key size to fit the arrow keys there with a lengthy RSHIFT key but the keyboard could be much improved on a larger screen model.

Another pet-peeve of mine is keyboards where CTRL isn't on the lower left so you can't blindly do CTRL + [KEY] shortcuts. It's especially annoying on my sister's laptop where her ISP loads a search page for invalid DNS requests (FN+ENTER != CTRL+ENTER). Heck, even my Logitech G15 keyboard has be hitting G# keys when hunting for shift. ;)

A second SD card slot like the AAO could be useful too (one for more permanent SSD augmentation, one for moving files around).

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